Action Absorbs Anxiety

I recently started using a daily planner and journal called the “Self Journal”.  It was recommended to me by one of my mentors, Chris Robinson. He is a sales genius. They have a private Facebook page where others post up examples of how they are using it.  A few weeks ago, one of those examples had this written on the top of the page:

Action Absorbs Anxiety.

I thought it was brilliant – I was looking for the post again so I could give proper credit to her, but could not find it.

Let’s think into this for a moment.

When do you find yourself being the most anxious? When does the feeling of anxiety hit you the hardest? For me, it is when I am doing nothing – I am sitting around hoping things will happen, but not actually doing anything to make them happen. Like somehow, the action fairy will just magically appear and everything will be finished.

That first step is always the hardest, it takes 80% of the energy you will need to complete your goal.  But, once we take it, we get hit up with a big dose of dopamine and you feel great. Your energy level jumps, your mind is filled with positive thoughts, and ideas start pouring in – and guess what happens – there is no room for anxiety, so it has no choice but to go find a different home.

So, when you are feeling anxious or nervous, or have some fear, the only way to break through is to take some action – any action.

What action will you take today?

What do you do when you are punched in the stomach?

The first thing most people do is to gasp for air, take some big breaths, and recover from the initial blow.

Today, I was punched in the stomach. Funny thing is, deep down I knew it was coming, yet, it still hurt more then I care to admit.  Has this ever happened to you?

A very important life lesson I have learned from my wife is to be transparent.  Do not hide your feelings. I am pretty good at hiding my feelings. Especially in business. I am afraid as being seen as weak.

Well today, I am coming clean. Continue reading

Culture Eats Vision for Lunch

As an Executive Director within the John Maxwell Team, I have the distinct privilege to have access to a group of mentors and coaches that is second to none.  One of those is Mark Cole. He is the CEO of 5 of the Maxwell companies. Every week I have the opportunity to get on a call with him and listen to him teach about the latest in leadership as well as the leadership issues he and John are wrestling with right now. A few weeks ago Mark made a statement that got me thinking.

“Culture Eats Vision for Lunch”

First maybe we should answer: What is culture?  Culture, as I think about it, is the very essence of the company. It is the frequently-used and common words, the actions that are acted out day to day inside an organization, the expectations that are caught, and the overall feeling one gets being part of the team.

So why does culture eat vision for lunch? Vision is the grand ideal that you are trying to get to, while culture is the here and now. If your culture does not fall in line with your vision you will never fulfill the vision. Culture is the road that will take the company to the vision and it can not be faked. The true culture is always evident.

Anyone can paint a vision, but not everyone can create a healthy culture. This is the hard work of great leadership.